There is a great post in the Zynga forums about the Pioneer Trail questions and answers, Here are some summary of some questions that I have been reading a lot lately:
First off frontierville is now called pioneer trail and everyone needs to add the new app. YES I know 503 error right now prevents that, but just keep reading.
Now if you have no neighbors on your homestead it is because none of your original neighbors have added the new app yet.. so this will eliminate those inactive neighbors we used to rely on. be patient. THEY ARE WORKING ON THIS. MOST OF US HAVE THEM BACK NOW. SOME HAVE EXTRA NEIGHBORS THAT ARE NOT ON THEIR FRIENDS LIST PLEASE REPORT THAT IN BUGS.
You DO have a choice about playing the trail.. just don’t click on the travel button and you also will never finish the golden ticket mission on the homestead.
Pioneer Trail Rations are used like energy on the trail. You cannot trade in your collections for energy to get rations while on the trail.
You start off with no trail points and work your way up as you do tasks.
You have to hire 3 friends to be part of your crew, once you click hire..and ask. the next time you load the game, if all 3 have not accepted.. you will not be able to use the character in need until someone accepts. I requested folks that I knew were online at the time. YOU START OFF WITH 10 RATIONS YOU CAN CARRY.. AS YOU GET A FRIEND TO JOIN YOUR CREW IT ADDS 5 MORE RATIONS TO YOUR MAX. SO TOTAL OF 25.
If you are hired by someone, you can visit their trail by clicking on my jobs either while in the trail or on your homestead. this will give you some rewards as well as rations for the trail. you can do this 3 times a day per job. however there are glitches sometimes can only do 4 of the 5 tasks.. and also get blasted internet a lot right now.. but they will be working on it I am sure.
The trail points unlock stuff you can buy in Bart’s bargain wagon. once you unlock it, you purchase with prize tickets. Lot’s of them!
Yes no one that has added the new app will be able to send you stuff from the feeds until they add the new app.
If you don’t add the new app, you won’t be able to play your old homestead much longer either.. so you might just want to add it anyways..
Let me say this again, You DO NOT HAVE TO PLAY the trail itself.
Also once on the pioneer trail.. click on the home icon in the bottom left to go back to your homestead.. I do this when I know I have animals ready or crops ready and out of rations.
AND THE TIMER WAS SET AT 15 MINUTES FOR 1 RATION, IT IS NOW 5 MINUTES FOR 1 RATION. SO ENJOY!